Lewis Cass and the Politics of Disease: The Indian Vaccination Act of 1832

  title={Lewis Cass and the Politics of Disease: The Indian Vaccination Act of 1832},
  author={J. Diane Pearson},
  journal={Wicazo Sa Review},
  pages={35 - 9}
federal legislation designed to deal with a specifically American Indian health problem, epidemic smallpox. The legislation commonly known as the Indian Vaccination Act enabled the federal government to vaccinate around forty to fifty thousand American Indians. In the wake of an especially vicious smallpox epidemic savaging American Indian communities on the western frontier, various persons urged the secretary of war and the commissioner of Indian affairs to petition Congress for the money and… Expand

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